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“i loved this place and their wine cellar!! too bad they closed.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Duo - CLOSED

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Good for: Large groups
Neighborhood: Downtown
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“i loved this place and their wine cellar!! too bad they closed.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2008

i loved this place and their wine cellar!! too bad they closed.

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English first
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Favourite in Miami”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2006

Wow, everything was exquisite. We started with tuna tartar, wonderful condiments and presentation, best ever; I then had spinach gnocchi with sage. The sauce was delicate, the gnocchi’s were outstanding! My Friend had chicken with mole and a subtle manchego tart and it was also excellent. For dessert, this melty chocolate cake with cinnamon ice cream. Great martinis too--we sat at the bar—and the bartender Taby was super!
The food it’s been great, the service we've had has been great, and the restaurant itself is beautiful. I would highly recommend going.

10 Thank alfamilan
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1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Duo a lifetime experience in Miami dining”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2006

Duo Restaurant, simply put it was our favorite restaurant that we ate at on our whole two-week visit. A quintessentially stylish eatery, it both provides a fantastic dining ambience and delivers a combination of food, drink and service that place it squarely at the top of Miami's dining destinations.
From the fires of grills, large ovens, and expansive cooktops, all under the direction of chef Maria Frumkin, come a wide range of foods that are difficult to characterize other than to call them modern American. The ingredients are certainly local in focus – lots of delicious domestic beef and lamb plus some seafood – but with splashes of international flavors, style, and presentation.
We dined relatively early our first time there (7:30 PM in Miami is the equivalent of a 5:30 reservation in San Francisco) and thinking that the chef might have the time and inclination, we asked for a menu de degustacion. Though slightly taken aback by the request, the waiter was more than happy to petition the chef on our behalf and before we knew it, the menus had been whisked away and we started on our journey through the talents of the kitchen and the depths of the wine cellar (courtesy of sommelier Christian). At this meal and at our subsequent ones, the kitchen proved very versatile in its handling of an amazing array of flavors especially when it came to seafood, an area of cuisine that is generally very weak in Miami.
Some of our favorite dishes included an octopus carpaccio, an absolutely astonishing ceviche of white tuna with a sauce of ginger and shallots that was simply transcendent in is flavors. A whitefish en croute, this stuff was so good we literally polished the bowl clean, but ask me to describe its flavor and I am at a loss. Perhaps less surprising for its expert handling of Meat being the chef Argentinean, were the sweetbreads with fennel and the churrasco with chimichurri sauce. After dishes like that it’s impossible to describe a perfectly grilled and spiced rack of lamb or beef short ribs, but trust me when I say they were divine. Other gems to be savored, such as a fantastic shrimp with truffle oil and stewed tomatoes or delicate cheese ravioli. By the time we finished, we were flagging a little and we asked for just one small dessert each, but the pastry team presented with an immaculate array of desserts on a ‘Chef sampler’ Mustering a reserve of stamina, we munched our way through chocolate mousse, chestnut parfait, dulce de leche tarts, cinnamon ice cream and banana crème brulee.
The service at Duo sets a gold standard for Miami as far as we are concerned. Even at the height of the dinner hour, water glasses remained filled. Silverware and tableware were changed smoothly, servers were warm, even to two obvious tourists, we thought that Duo hit just the right note of professionalism and care, despite the bustling more casual nature of the restaurant.
There are only a few restaurants in America that has better cellars than Duo. The list on offer is deep, so we dive into an excellent representation of small production wines. There are some real gems to be had at markups (and base prices) that make a majority of wines available to anyone used to spending for wine in the United States.

15 Thank renatothegreat
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miami beach florida
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Exquisite food & presentations”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2006

Downtown Miami has never managed to project a consistent dining identity. Lunch business in the banking district attracts an audience but the offer is pretty boring and is all about the ‘usual suspects’. Duo fills the gaps with moderate prices, strikingly modern decor, good service and a menu that is fun and adventuresome without being fussy. There is a calm at Duo that's very appealing whether you sit inside or out. Of course, inside has a very appealing bar and a decor that is just clean and edgy enough to set a mood for fun. And then, there's Chef Maria Frumkin's menu. My tastebuds worship this place

8 Thank travelxfood
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Delicious Duo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2006

Miami boasts its share of ambitious restaurants where chefs push the envelope of what they can do, but Maria Frumkinhas thrived on a different idea. Her restaurant Duo don't try to dazzle diners with how fancy the food can be. Instead, she revels in the flavor and texture of ingredients. And her creations always cozy up to wine.

9 Thank charlie f
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